Tell Your Story: Illustration

Picture books, board books, graphic novels, nonfiction, early readers, chapter books: all of these genres need illustrations for children to relate with and respond to.

Whether you’re new to children’s book illustration or an experienced artist who is curious about how to get started in children’s publishing, we can help you learn more with resources and workshops.

Workshops for Illustrators

Inspiring Children Through Story

“My picture book ... deals with parents separating. One little boy, who parents recently divorced, went to bed with [it] many nights. This deeply moved me to know this picture book helped this little boy.

"I tutor 2nd grade reluctant readers. My understanding of picture book structure and prose allows me to help them learn more than words. Rather than just read the story, we talk about it."

"You mean I get to keep this book forever?"

…Spoken by a child in tears who was gifted with one of my books at a school visit and had never owned a book before.

"When I hear kids giggle while I’m reading [my book] I feel like I’ve done the job I intended to do."

Illustration Resources

The Weird, Wonderful Wandering Ways of Watercolor

The Weird, Wonderful Wandering Ways of Watercolor

Breaking Through Those Creative Blocks: 9 Actions to Get You Back to Flow State

Breaking Through Those Creative Blocks: 9 Actions to Get You Back to Flow State

Juana Martinez-Neal on Creative Leaps and New Techniques

Juana Martinez-Neal on Creative Leaps and New Techniques

How to Write a Picture Book (When You’re an Illustrator)

How to Write a Picture Book (When You’re an Illustrator)

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Stories from Our Highlights Foundation Alumni

#HFGather: Community, Craft & Career

#HFGather: Community, Craft & Career

Congratulations to Our Faculty 2020 ALA Youth Media Award Winners!

Congratulations to Our Faculty 2020 ALA Youth Media Award Winners!

Podcast: Jane Yolen On Process, Picture Books & Poetry

Podcast: Jane Yolen On Process, Picture Books & Poetry

Diversity in Children’s Literature Fellow Pamela Courtney Talks About Her Why

Diversity in Children’s Literature Fellow Pamela Courtney Talks About Her Why

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